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Hong Kong ship did not try to rescue 14 Filipino boat crew after collision – PCG

Jun 30, 2020 - 8:18 PM

(UPDATED) The bulk carrier, however, stayed in the vicinity of the incident, which Philippine Coast Guard commandant Vice Admiral George Ursabia Jr says was likely an accident

BULK CARRIER. The damaged stem of the Hong Kong bulk carrier Vienna Wood, June 30, 2020. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Coast Guard to enforce 'no sail' policy during lockdown

Mar 14, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The PCG braces to keep a watchful eye in all waterways of Metro Manila

NO SAIL. A contingent from the Philippine Coast Guard preparing to implement a 'no sail' policy along the coast of Manila Bay on March 14, 2020. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

2 ships from China arrive in Manila, get coronavirus clearance

Jan 28, 2020 - 3:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Bureau of Quarantine concludes the ships' passengers and crew are free of the novel coronavirus, shortly after the vessels docked at the Port of Manila

CRUISE SHIP. The World Dream Cruise Ship arrived in Manila from Hong Kong on January 28, 2020. The Bureau of Quarantine declared its passengers free of the novel coronavirus. Photo from the Philippine Coast Guard

Foreign cargo vessel runs aground in Cebu

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:31 AM

(UPDATED) The cargo vessel has on board 287,167 liters of fuel but no oil spill is initially observed, says the Philippine Coast Guard

10 Vietnamese arrested for illegal fishing off Cagayan

Jun 03, 2019 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard nabs the Vietnamese and seizes their fishing boats near Calayan Island in Cagayan

Coast Guard tells owner to remove sunken vessel off Boracay

Nov 22, 2018 - 4:00 AM

The LCT Bato Twin, which sank last November 4, poses a danger to passing ships

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo from the Department of Transportation

PCG seizes ship loaded with alleged smuggled rice

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The vessel, named MV Hulk, is found in Sulu carrying more or less 50,000 bags of rice

Photo courtesy of PCG Southern Mindanao

[OPINION] What is missing in Duterte’s war on drugs?

Aug 27, 2018 - 6:24 PM

The main elements of the methamphetamine pass through unguarded seas. The Philippine Coast Guard should be in action as much as the PNP and PDEA.

Unsolved PH Coast Guard cash mess continues with promoted officer – COA

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:26 PM

P800,000 worth of cash advances given to Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya are disowned by the suppliers

CASH ADVANCES MESS. Rear Admiral Leopoldo Laroya's "irregular" cash advances add up to the pile of questioned expenses of the Philippine Coast Guard. Photo of Laroya courtesy of PCG Facebook

CA leaves it to Ombudsman to resolve P125-M PCG funds mess

Jun 23, 2018 - 7:53 PM

The Court of Appeals 'warns' Coast Guard officers 'not to abuse the court process'

Duterte promotes Coast Guard chief to admiral

May 08, 2018 - 8:20 PM

This comes 4 months after President Rodrigo Duterte named then Rear Admiral Elson Hermogino as commandant of the Philippine Coast Guard

PCG CHIEF. Philippine Coast Guard commandant Elson Hermogino is promoted to the rank of admiral. Photo from PCG's Facebook page

'Sino'ng kalaban? Lumot?': Netizens react to Boracay threat simulations

Apr 24, 2018 - 2:50 PM

Filipinos online mock the security drills for potential terror attacks or hostage-taking incidents in Boracay, calling it 'overkill'

WATCH: Gov't simulates terror attack, hostage-taking in Boracay

Apr 24, 2018 - 12:21 PM

Inter-agency teams, led by the Philippine National Police, rehearse how they would respond to potential 'threats' during Boracay's closure

FACE OFF. Local police and protesters face head on in one of the simulations rehearsed at Boracay Island on April 24, 2018. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

PH Coast Guard vessel to patrol around Boracay during closure

Apr 23, 2018 - 6:35 PM

BRP Cabra, a multi-role response vessel, will help with maritime security during the 6-month closure of Boracay

RESPONSE. A Philippine Coast Guard multi-role response vessel arrives in Caticlan, Aklan on April 23, 2018. Photo courtesy of Department of Transportation

6 arrested in Bataan for making fishing dynamites

Mar 28, 2018 - 4:16 PM

The manufacturing of explosives for illegal fishing appears to be a family business, says the Philippine Coast Guard

Filipinos start flocking to bus terminals, seaports for Holy Week

Mar 25, 2018 - 3:40 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard reminds passengers to arrive at ports at least 3 hours before departure and to refrain from bringing flammable, toxic, and explosive substances

Hundreds of passengers bound for Visayas and Mindanao for the Holy week break patiently wait for a ride at the Araneta Center Terminal in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Coast Guard sees similarities in cocaine packs found in Sorsogon, Isabela

Feb 08, 2018 - 5:12 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard will buy more high-speed boats and possibly drones to help monitor the country's coastline

SIMILAR PACKAGES. Similarly packaged cocaine is found in Isabela and Sorsogon. Rappler file photo

At least 4 dead after ferry capsizes off Philippines

Dec 21, 2017 - 3:47 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The Philippine Coast Guard says 7 passengers remain missing while 240 others have been rescued

MARITIME INCIDENT. A ferry with 251 aboard capsizes between Dinahican, Quezon and Polilio Island. File photo of Mercraft 3 from Mercraft's Facebook page

LIST: Hotlines, social media accounts during emergencies

Dec 19, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Bookmark this page for a handy list of emergency hotlines you can call or text, plus Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact

Thousands stranded in Bicol, Eastern Visayas ports due to Urduja

Dec 14, 2017 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Sea trips to and from at least 5 ports have been suspended by the Philippine Coast Guard

Philippine Coast Guard to arrest ASEAN Summit protesters at Manila Bay

Nov 10, 2017 - 5:35 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard receives reports that protest groups are trying to bribe fishermen to get bring them close to the United States embassy near the main ASEAN Summit venues

DISSENT. Protesters slam the ASEAN alliance just before the meetings in Manila. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

6 Chinese nationals rescued off Puerto Galera

Nov 02, 2017 - 2:50 PM

Their motor boat left the Port of Batangas on November 1 without clearance from the Philippine Coast Guard

Package with ‘bomb threat’ note disrupts operations in Iloilo town port

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:03 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard seizes a package in Estancia Freeport in Iloilo after being alerted of its 'bomb threat' note

'BOMB THREAT'. Authorities seize this package after being alerted of a 'bomb threat' note written on it, on October 30, 2017. Photo from Philippine Coast Guard

Coast Guard outpost eyed off Cagayan to secure Philippine Rise

Oct 09, 2017 - 10:15 PM

The proposed project will be the Philippine Coast Guard's main outpost for monitoring activities at Philippine Rise, which extends from Santa Ana town in Cagayan up to Aurora province

BENHAM RISE. Researchers explore Benham Rise, an underwater mass off the coast of Aurora. Photo by Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Palace endorses DBM resolution on pay hike for police, soldiers

Sep 26, 2017 - 7:41 PM

A Police Officer 1 can enjoy a 100% increase – from the current P14,834 base pay to P29,668 – should the resolution be signed by both houses of Congress

SALUTE. In this file photo, President Duterte visits the wake of slain Captain Clinton Capio at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio on January 16, 2017. File photo courtesy of Malacañang

IN PHOTOS: Hundreds of passengers stranded by Tropical Depression Maring

Sep 12, 2017 - 1:30 PM

As of Tuesday morning September 12 the Philippine Coast Guard says at least 46 rolling cargoes and 16 vessels are stranded in ports in Bicol due to Tropical Depression Maring

WAITING. Passengers wait for the go-signal from the Philippine Coast Guard in Manila before they can board their vessel to Manila on September 12, 2017. All photos by Michael O. Ligalig/Rappler

Coast Guard intercepts passenger carrying P8.95 million in cash

Jul 25, 2017 - 8:30 PM

A certain Isnaji Sajail is apprehended after an x ray technician reported the box he was carrying during baggage inspection

Coast Guard officials suspended over procurement anomalies

Jul 02, 2017 - 9:45 PM

Instead of dismissal ordered by the Ombudsman the officials will now face a 6 month suspension as ruled by the Court of Appeals

SUSPENSION. Seven officials of the Philippine Coast Guard has been ordered suspension for procurement irregularities.

Gov't prosecutors clear bank employees suspected of rebellion

Jun 29, 2017 - 6:22 PM

The men are cleared a few days after the Philippine Coast Guard nabbed them at a Cagayan de Oro port where they were found with boxes of money passed off as documents

SECURITY MEASURES. Philippine marines guard a street in Marawi City as clashes continue between government troops and Maute terrorists. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

11 Coast Guard officers linked to P27M in anomalous purchases – COA

Jun 26, 2017 - 9:20 PM

The officers including retired Rear Admiral Cecil Chen allegedly violated the Government Procurement Reform Act

Security intensified over PH waters in light of martial law

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The order issued by Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade is a response to the security scare springing from the continuing crisis in Marawi

OVER WATERS. With the country in full alarm over the criris in Marawi, the Philippine Coast Guard raises its security over the entire archipelago

At least 7 dead in Romblon boat sinking

Jun 10, 2017 - 4:21 PM

Authorities have rescued 45 passengers and are searching for 3 others

SEA MISHAP. Members of the Philippine Coast Guard move a boat passenger who was rescued off Romblon waters. Photo courtesy of the Philippine Coast Guard

Naval blockade up in Visayan waters

May 26, 2017 - 1:59 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is also intensifying its security inspections on sea vessels docking in Negros Occidental especially those from Mindanao

Diving activities resume in Mabini town – mayor

Apr 11, 2017 - 10:03 AM

Wala pong diving ban Diving is ok Resume na po diving activity says Mabini Mayor Noel Luistro

Diving sites in Batangas off limits after earthquake

Apr 10, 2017 - 11:08 PM

UPDATED The diving ban in Mabini town is put in place after the series of quakes in Batangas but is now lifted

PH Coast Guard patrols Benham Rise, too

Apr 06, 2017 - 6:40 PM

The civilian maritime law enforcement agency sends its Islander planes to patrol the 13 million hectare maritime territory

BENHAM RISE. Filipinos dive into Benham Rise for the first time in 2014. File photo

Coast guard issues Holy Week guidelines for travelers

Apr 01, 2017 - 4:09 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard vows to remain on alert status from April 5 to 20 to assist Holy Week travelers

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 19, 2017

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Hello Here s a roundup of news you need to know this Sunday

4 hurt in vessel collision in Cebu waters – PCG

Feb 19, 2017 - 1:46 AM

UPDATED The SuperCat ferry had engine trouble and was being towed when it had a minor collision with a barge late Saturday says the Philippine Coast Guard

28 rescued from sunken ship in Bohol

Jan 18, 2017 - 2:39 PM

As of January 18 the Philippine Coast Guard is searching for one last crew member of M V Meridian Tres cargo vessel: chief operator 2 Benjamen Orola

Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

8 fishermen shot dead off Zamboanga

Jan 10, 2017 - 10:57 AM

4th UPDATE Task Force Zamboanga says the fishing boat with 15 crew members was attacked in the vicinity of Siromon Island in Zamboanga City

Thousands of passengers stranded due to Auring

Jan 08, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board tells transport operators to attend to the needs of affected passengers

Coast Guard begins probe into sinking of RORO vessel

Jan 03, 2017 - 11:15 PM

Investigators hope to finish the M V Starlite Atlantic probe after a week

ACCIDENT. The Philippine Coast Guard reports that MV Shuttle Roro 5 shrinks off Mabini, Batangas on Monday, December 26, during Typhoon Nina.

15 RORO crew members rescued off Batangas Bay

Dec 27, 2016 - 12:54 AM

However 19 crew members of M V Starlite Atlantic remain missing

RORO vessel sinks off Batangas – PCG

Dec 26, 2016 - 2:24 PM

UPDATED The Philippine Coast Guard has already sent two of its ships – BRP Pampanga and MCS 3001 – to verify the situation and assist in operations

ACCIDENT. The Philippine Coast Guard reports that MV Shuttle Roro 5 shrinks off Mabini, Batangas on Monday, December 26, during Typhoon Nina.

PH patrol ship BRP Malabrigo ready for deployment

Dec 22, 2016 - 5:50 PM

BRP Malabrigo is commissioned to the Philippine Coast Guard on Thursday December 22

Photo by DOTr Media

PH Coast Guard gets 2nd patrol ship from Japan

Dec 08, 2016 - 6:00 PM

BRP Malabrigo will join the 1st ship from Japan in patrolling Scarborough Shoal according to PCG spokesperson Commander Armand Balilo

PATROL SHIP. The second of 10 MRRVs from Japan arrive in the Philippines. Photo from Coast Guard Public Affairs Office

Chinese Coast Guard rescues 2 PH fishermen near Scarborough

Dec 02, 2016 - 5:57 PM

If Chinese fishermen needed our assistance we will rescue them That s the job of the coast guard regardless of nationality and race says the Philippine Coast Guard after thanking its Chinese counterpart

This hand out picture taken on August 7, 2016 and released from the Japan Coast Guard shows the China coast guard ship 33103 sailing near the waters of disputed East China Sea islands. Japan Coast Guard/AFP

5 fishermen missing near Scarborough back home

Nov 29, 2016 - 5:16 PM

The Coast Guard says the fishermen – missing since November 21 – are back in Sta Cruz Zambales

Coast Guard eyes armed escorts for foreign ships plying Basilan Strait

Nov 12, 2016 - 6:31 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard is also looking into the publication of a notice to mariners on critical areas following the abduction of crewmembers of a Vietnamese flagged vessel off Basilan